Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate, Young Adult
Author: Lauren Wolk
Publisher: Dutton Children's Books
Life for Annabelle has been quiet and pleasant - that is, until Betty Glengarry moves in. Betty, a brutal and calculating girl, starts to bully Annabelle and threatens to hurt her brothers if she does not comply. Annabelle stands up with quiet courage, and eventually Betty turns her sights to an old war veteran, Toby. To the rest of the town, Toby seems strange and crazy, but Annabelle knows him for his kindness. When he is accused of crimes actually committed by Betty, Annabelle must figure out a way to defend Toby and clear his name. But alas, it is too late. The trail of lies and deceit leads to the deaths of both Betty and Toby.
A haunting tale, this book will leave readers contemplating long after the book ends. The mood of the book is fairly dark, though Annabelle and her family shine through as a light amidst the shadows. Due to the somber feel, this book is more appropriate for older, more mature readers who are capable of handling more complex themes and some shocking scenes. The book itself is well-written with a captivating plot. Readers will find themselves sympathetic to the conflicts in this book and rooting for Annabelle to overcome the difficult circumstances that confront her. Intricate and poignant, Wolf Hollow is a book that will reach to the depths of the reader's soul and stand as a constant reminder of the ever-raging battle of good and evil.
*Contains moderate violence